Podcast: John Watson, Centenary Stories

Motor Sport Podcast

Five-time Grand Prix-winner John Watson explains the art of the overtake; matching Niki Lauda's performace; and turning down the chance to replace Nigel Mansell at Lotus, in the latest podcast marking Motor Sport's 100 years

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John Watson joins Rob Widdows in the latest episode of our special podcast series, celebrating 100 years of Motor Sport Magazine.

The five-time grand prix winner charts a changing era of Formula 1, with fascinating and funny stories, from driving for Bernie Ecclestone’s Brabham and battling with James Hunt, to witnessing first-hand the professionalism and ruthlessness of Niki Lauda, followed by the emergence of a new generation in Alain Prost.

Watson, who missed out on the 1982 F1 championship by just five points, still holds the record for winning a grand prix from furthest back on the grid (22nd) and gives his thoughts on the art of overtaking, while also offering his predictions for the future of racing.

Hear why he turned down the chance to replace Nigel Mansell at Lotus, and why he saw Hunt as the perfect gentleman.

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